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Event Guide 186: Exchange Art, Polish Charity (WOSP) Concert, Various Film Screenings, Tai Chi, Yoga

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 186
| 07 Jan 2011 Subscribers: 7720

Hi all!

Welcome to the first edition of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” in 2011. I hope you had a nice Christmas and a good start of the new year. This new year will be full of new opportunities and experiences for us all and I am really looking forward to it. Sure, there will be challenges as well, but life is about overcoming challenges, not about allowing them to stop you. Imagine what a challenge it was when you were born to leave this cosy, warm environment of the first 9 months of your life and to enter the hostile environment you were forced into on this fateful day. You weren’t happy! But you didn’t know yet how to give something a meaning. It was just a fact and you dealt with it without looking back and feeling sorry for yourself. Now a few years later we do things differently. We give experiences meaning and if the meaning that we have chosen is a negative one, we ponder over it, we regret, we feel sorry for ourselves. Oddly, if the meaning is positive, we are a LOT faster to forget the experience. – My challenge for you is to make 2011 the year in which you take control of the meanings and with that the year that has you in full control over your future. New Year’s Resolutions are sometimes an attempt of re-shaping our future, but soon after the 01 Jan they are gone out the window and leave us upset about ourselves. Not the best start. Make a change! Forget the New Year’s Resolutions of the past and set your GOALS in such a way that you WILL achieve them.


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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.


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A few more events than last week, but we are still not back to the full amount of events. One event type that is available in copious amounts this week is movie and short screenings! :-) There are FOUR different film screening events on Tuesday alone!

The Art Exchange at Exchange Dublin on Sat sounds interesting, but my only bit of “artisticity” is singing and writing this Event Guide. I doubt that is a good exchange for a PROPER artist. So I might observe from a distance but give it a miss. A great event for all the artists among us!
On Sun the Polish WOSP Charity Concert sounds great, but I just don’t get where I should be at what time and since I can’t be in three places at the same time, I have a dilemma.
A free Tai Chi taster class on Monday and a free Yoga taster class next Friday is something for all the sporty or soon-to-be sporty people. On Tuesday you have the choice between 4 film screenings. On Wednesday the discussion about Ireland in 1916 interests me and the common history between Ireland & Congo that will be discussed on Thursday is very intriguing.

Such a multi-facetted array of events! ;-)


I am working on getting more competitions for the new year, I know how much you like them. :-) If you work in a company that would like to let the readers know about your products or events through this competition section, just contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com

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Irish Telecoms and Media Billionaire Denis O’Brien’s media company Communicorp has bought 30% of Phantom FM and will now move their offices, rename the company and make other big changes. Communicorp already owns Newstalk, TodayFM, Dublin’s 98 and Spin1038 in Ireland. Phantom FM, a 4-yeard old company, was a struggling radio station that focused on Rock Music.
In an odd development, Phantom FM will be renamed and will be KROQ or K-Roq very soon. The new name is a copy of the name of a “relatively well known” (I had never heard of it!?) Rock Radio Station from Los Angeles. I don’t see the sense in using the name of some radio station that most have never heard and therefore have no emotional or other affiliation with. And there is NO sense in using an American Radio call sign, which always comes with a “K” as the first letter for radio stations in the West of the USA (and “W” in the East). Interestingly, the new name is meant to help significantly to make Phantom FM financially successful.
The station will move to the Communicorp HQ in Digges Lane, not too far from South Great Georges Street and it is expected that the programme will be completely overhauled. A discussion about the name is taking place here: www.radiowavesforum.com/rw/showthread.php?t=22274 and Phantom’s website is www.phantomfm.com/

The Mercer Hotel at the back of Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre got closed down in a surprising development. A notice in a window stated that the hotel would be closed from 20-30 Dec and would re-open on 30 Dec, but then another notice was put there that says that the hotel will remain closed for the foreseeable future and that the management was surprised about this development. The website www.mercerhotel.ie/ hasn’t been told yet that the hotel is closed! I can imagine that this news doesn’t affect many of you, but I usually wonder what was going on behind the scenes to come to that result.

Are you bothered, bewildered or just bogged down with life at the moment? – Mary Keating, MA, trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is available for appointments in Custom House Medical Centre, IFSC or at 20 Lower Baggot Street. Please phone 01-6776253 or 0868783086 or email mkeating@iol.ie for enquiries or to make an appointment. Her fees are appropriate to circumstances, so talk to her if you could do with some help and support. www.agalma.ie/therapists/mary-keating

From 01 Feb the VHI will increase their charges AGAIN. This time between 15% and 45%. This is an outrageous increase and while last year 48,000 have left the VHI when they increased the premiums, this time it might even be more and I will be one of them! www.rte.ie/news/2011/0106/vhi.html Conor Pope from the Irish Times PriceWatch section has put the following recommendations together if you are a VHI member: www.irishtimes.com/blogs/pricewatch/2011/01/07/fight-the-power

If you are a UPC TV or Broadband customer, your charges have been increased and you were not even told. Well hidden on their website, in the “About Us” section (www.upc.ie/about_us/pricenotice/) UPC are informing customers about a price increase from 04 Jan that seemingly will affect EVERY customer. By law you are allowed to cancel your contract within 30 days if the company changes the contract or charges, but UPC seems to assume that NOT telling people is the best approach and smartly they claim that the price change has been decided on 03 Dec, so that the 30 days are up on the day the price changes on 04 Jan. If you are unhappy with the change and want to leave UPC, you should contact ComReg, the Telecoms Regulator and complain. ComReg made clear here www.askcomreg.ie/news/changes_to_contracts___consumer_rights.7.1024.LE.asp that any notification of contract changes has to be sent individually to each customer and if you didn’t get a price change notification in writing on the 03 Dec you have a good chance of being successful with your complaint (www.askcomreg.ie/about_us/form.asp). There seems to be no justification for the price hike of between 37% and 64%.

I know, price increases are not good news and it would be nicer to write about good news than about bad news. But not all that seems bad IS bad. After all you CAN change your phone and broadband service provider (not so simple for TV, I know) and you can change your Health Insurer. So there are cheaper options available and it just takes some initiative to move to the cheaper options. The good news is that You find out here in case you wouldn’t have known otherwise! ;-)


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 7500+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

Mariana S, a long-term Event Guide Reader and big supporter of this newsletter, is a Native Arabic speaker with teaching experience and she is giving lessons in spoken/conversational and written Arabic in Dublin city centre or South Dublin if you are interested. The lessons can take place preferably on afternoons, evenings and weekends and all age groups and levels are catered for. Conversational Arabic is EUR 25 per hour and written Arabic is EUR 35 per hour. For more information, email: arabictuitiondublin@gmail.com

More to come! New companies that will be mentioned here soon are a Car Sharing Scheme and a Nutritionist. Watch this space.


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

“Screwed” is the title of Elaine Hoey’s Light Art exhibition from 13 Jan -14 Feb in “Hello Operator”, a new arts space in Dublin City Centre. Hello Operator is in 12 Rutland Place, Dublin 1. www.elainehoey.ie

“Verbal Context” is the exhibition at the Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, by Tine Melzer. It will be on show from 13 Jan – 26 Feb and the Opening is on 12 Jan from 18:00-20:00 with an introduction by the artist. Normal Opening Hours from 13 Jan are Tue-Thu 10:00-20:00 and Fri + Sat 10:00-13:30. Tine Melzer uses language as material. She is a ‘translator’ from theoretical aspects on language – and our own experience within it – into visual perception. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en7005922v.htm


* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


The next Temple Bar Food Market will take place on Sat 08 Jan, however the Temple Bar Designer Mart in Cow’s Lane will be on holidays until 12 March.

On Sat 08 Jan from 11:00-16:00 a Storytelling workshop with The Oh-Aissieux will take place in the Dublin Shambhala Centre, 19 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. Donations welcome. One of the most prolific professional storytellers in Ireland invites you to learn the secrets of un-writing the traditional tale in preparation for live performance. Workshop leader Coilín “The Oh-Aissieux” is the founder-director of the Narrative Arts Club, which has been bringing innovative storytelling to audiences in Dublin city centre since September 2005. In this workshop, you will gain confidence in Turning printed texts into engaging tales for live performance; Enriching your stories with description, dialogue and movement; Creating rapport with the listener; Evoking a diversity of emotional responses from your audience.
To request a place on this workshop, please send your contact details to narrativearts@gmail.com or by text to 086 060 3818. www.narrativeartsclub.com/page2.htm

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 08 Jan. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

On 08 Jan from 13:00-17:00 the next Exchange Art Event will take place at the Exchange Dublin. This is an event where artists, creatives and aspiring art collectors can come together to show off and exchange work. Everyone is encouraged to bring multiple pieces and to keep swapping and re-swapping until they have artwork they’re happy with. All levels of artistic endeavour are catered for and all art forms are accepted (even performance art that you might think is difficult to swap). All event details are here exchangedublin.ie/featured/exchange-art-jump-in and for more you can send an e-mail to art@exchangedublin.ie or go to www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=103493886381412 .

+ The Family Tour “Do you Twitter?” will take place in the Natural History Museum (Merrion Street) on Sat 08 Jan from 15:00-16:00. “Animals make various noises for different reasons. Learn more about animal sounds and calls on this tour, including the deer that barks! No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2009

On Sat 08 Jan from 15:00-16:00 the Family Programme “The New Year Feast” with Niamh Denham will take place in the National Gallery. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

On Sat 08 Jan at 20:00 the movie “Bold Native” about animal liberation will be screened in Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1. All details are here www.indymedia.ie/article/98185 Admission is free.

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a new event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return in March!
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Point Village Market is on a break until spring (or possibly forever, says the cynic in me). www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops are 09 Jan: Make a Castle, bring an empty box, 16 Jan: Climate change – Make wind chimes, 23 Jan: Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle, 30 Jan: Pond Life. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (in Polish: Wielka Orkiestra ?wi?tecznej Pomocy – WO?P) is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland. It will take place the 19th time in all Polish diasporas across the globe this January. The money collected will be used this year to buy medical equipment for children with urological and nephrological diseases. WOSP Dublin is organizing charitable events across the city.
On 9 Jan from 12:00-23:00 the bands Storyfold, a rising star on the Irish music scene, rocky Max Band and funky-pop Sunflower Seeds are supporting this year’s action. There are also other attractions such as book treasury, flea market and lotteries at the The Living Room (Cathal Brugha Street), Fibber Magees (80 Parnell Street) and Murray’s (33/34 O’Connell Street Lower). The heat will be raised by breath-taking fire dancers and bongo jam session. Unfortunately the programme at dublinwosp.org.pl/ doesn’t give any indication whatsoever about WHAT will happen WHERE. There is a list of bands and three venues, but it would be hugely helpful if the organisers detailed which band is playing where when. Oh and another thing would have helped! Unless you want to keep non-Polish people away from your event, maybe translate the programme into English? Just an idea! Google Translate helps, but just about!
It doesn’t say it explicitly, but I assume that there is no Admission Charge, instead money will be collected.

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery, formerly called “Sunday at Noon”, are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! The concert on the 09 Jan is entitled “Wagner, Brahms and Stanford”. Colette McGahon (mezzo-soprano), Paul McNamara (tenor), Philip Mayers (piano) will perform the Wesendonk Lieder by Wagner and songs by Brahms and Stanford. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=655

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street now has a Swop Shop included and is now a weekly market. The next Crafty Market will take place on Sun 09 Jan Dec from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

JLS will be signing copies of “JLS: Just Between Us” in Eason’s O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Sun 09 Jan at 14:00. Access only with wrist bands, which will be distributed on 09 January on a first come first serve basis. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 09 Jan it will run from 16:30-21:30 with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up is Kevin Healey, The Chaperones, Madisun, Arrow In The Sky, P Affection, The Valentinos, Son Of A Beast. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

+ The Family Event “Hands on History” will take place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) on Sun 09 Jan from 15:00-16:00. It is suitable for families with children 5+ years. “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling. Drop in event.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2012

On Sun 09 Jan at 15:00 the talk “The Mary A. McNeill Beq uest in the Context of 17th to 19th Century Miniature Painting” with Dr Paul Caffrey, National College of Art and Design will take place. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Exploring Tuttle and texture” and will take place on 09 Jan from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=631

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* Shazwanda Show – Dragon Bar. Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street from 20:00 to watch X Factor followed by a cabaret and comedy show from 21:00. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda www.sharynhayden.com
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

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Two free Tai Chi taster classes are available on Mon 10 & 17 Jan at 20:00. The classes are run by Alda Gomez from the “House if Movement” and will take place in the new Swan Leisure Centre (new swimming pool) in Rathmines, opposite Aldi in Lower Rathmines Road. There are limited places available, so you have to book in advance. Contact Alda at 087 7750782. houseofmovement.com/tai-chi-dublin/tai-chi-rathmines/ and www.facebook.com/pages/House-of-movement-Tai-chi-qi-gong/107309812669036?v=wall

* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


On Tues 11 Jan at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “‘A Bequest of Great Value’ – Turner’s Watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland” with Anne Hodge, National Gallery of Ireland. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The book launch for “That Gallagher Girl” by Kate Thompson will take place on Tues 11 Jan from 18:00-19:30 in the The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. The new novel by Kate Thompson, author of ‘The Kinsella Sisters’ and ‘The O’Hara Affair’ will be officially launched by ‘Fair City’ star Martina Stanley. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. www.gutterbookshop.com

Fernanda Parente runs a weekly film evening in Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It takes place on Tues from 19:30. The next one is on Tues 11 Jan and the film will be “(An)Other Irish Cinema” by Donal Foreman, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain. The programme will feature a selection of shorts by each filmmaker. Donal Foreman, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain will take part in a Q&A after the screening. More at anotheririshcinema.blogspot.com/ www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall

The New Volta Film Club is a monthly screening of new short films and animations. It normally takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, but this month it will be on Tues 11 Jan from 20:00-23:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street (Upstairs).
newvoltafilmclub.wordpress.com/ and www.facebook.com/pages/New-Volta/127768761573?v=wall

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie is a brand new cinema event, taking place every Tuesday in the downstairs room of The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 19:30 (sharp) and will be followed by a themed DJ set. Admission is free and you are invited to bring your own cushions. The film on 11 Jan is “Pulp Fiction” and you find all information here www.facebook.com/crackityjonespromo

“Nosferatu – The Vampyre” by Werner Herzog (103 min, Germany/France 1978) will be screened in the Harbour Bar, Strand Road, Bray on Tues 11 Jan at 20:30. Admission is free and the film will have English subtitles. Find all details here: www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en7006425v.htm

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


“1916 and All That: A History Ireland Hedge School” is a discussion that will take place in the Seminar Room of the National Library of Ireland on Wed 12 Jan at 19:00. Admission is free but places must be booked in advance, on 01 6030229. – Join Tommy Graham and panellists Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame), Roisín Higgins (UCD), Ferghal McGarry (QUB) and Edward Madigan (TCD) for a lively discussion on 1916 and All That: How should the forthcoming centenaries (Home Rule, First World War, 1916) be commemorated? www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

On Wed 12 Jan from 19:30-22:30 the Button Factory in Temple Bar is the venue for the first “Where The Mugic Happens” of 2011. The event is being filmed to make a live music video for the bands and the line up is Mescalito (www.myspace.com/mescalitoband), Daithi O Dronai (www.myspace.com/daithi412), Ali & the DT’s (www.myspace.com/aliandthedts) and Clockwork Noise (www.myspace.com/clockworknoise). A DJ will follow the live bands. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168157266561117&index=1

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesdays. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


The Congolese Anti Poverty Network invites to the event “Shared History: Ireland & Congo” on Thurs 13 Jan from 18:00-20:00 in the Irish Aid, Volunteer Centre, 32-34 O’Connell St, Dublin 1. Speakers are Mary White TD, Minister of Integration, Angus Mitchell: The Congo and Ireland: connections across time, Ludo De Witte: Lumumba: the significance of his life & legacy today, Pierrot Ngadi: Human Rights Activist &Chairperson of CAPN, Vincent Browne: Journalist, Roger Casement and the Congo. Further information contact: Congolese Anti-Poverty Network, ftumika@hotmail.com or 0872678200

An Academy Discourse in association with IRCHSS entitled “University in Crisis: A Public Sociology Perspective” will take place on Thurs 13 Jan from 18:00 in the Academy House of the Royal Irish Academy in 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. “In many parts of the world, the university is under a pincer movement of tightening budgets and intensified regulation. This is both a moment of decline and degradation but also an opportunity to rethink the meaning of the university. What light can sociology, and public sociology in particular, shed on this matter?”

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme for January is “Comedy” and the movies are 13 Jan: Blazing Saddles, 20 Jan: The Life of Brian, 27 Jan: Some Like it Hot. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

The music duo R.E.D. are hosting a free Open Mic Night for musicians every Thursday in Darky Kellys pub on Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Would you like to play music in front of a live audience or hear undiscovered stars? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. For details check:

Santoria, the brilliant Soul Band will be in Cafe En Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Thurs 13 Jan from 20:00 in the 4 piece band configuration. www.santoria.ie/santorialive.html

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


Simona Zaino, a fully certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor, is launching her 2011 yoga courses on Fri 14 Jan and she is inviting to a free taster/introductory class to the Olive Tree Studio, 15 Grantham Street (off Camden street) from 17:30-18:45. All details are at www.yogikula.com. If you want to be part of it you have to pre-book by sending a mail to complete.yoga@yahoo.com


“Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water: Saving Lives with Sunlight” is the title of an Irish Met Society lecture by Dr Kevin McGuigan on Thurs 20 Jan at 19:00 in the Royal College of Surgeons (opposite St. Stephen’s Green Luas stop). In this lecture Dr. Kevin McGuigan will discuss how something as simple as sunlight could help solve the problem of contaminated drinking water in developing countries. Admission is free, but booking is required at www.irishmetsociety.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&view=Events&layout=register&Itemid=128 and if you are interested in becoming a member of the Irish Met Society, check it out here

______This is odd!!______________

Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

Last weekend Debenhams had a big sale on and everywhere in the shop they had signs that said “Save the VAT 18% OFF Today”. You can imagine that his puzzled many people, including myself. After all we all know that the VAT in Ireland is 21% and not 18%. So a number of people (including an employee at a check-out) speculated that it was British ignorance that got them to confuse specify the wrong numbers. Someone else thought that the person in charge must just be plain stupid. But the explanation is a lot simpler: What it said on the signs is correct, but it is not the smartest way of advertising the discount because it catches out too many people. The reason why it is correct is this: If an item is 100 Euro and 21% VAT is added, this amounts to EUR 121. If you now want to refund the VAT, you have to give a 18% discount off the total including VAT to arrive at (or close to) EUR 100. So it was neither ignorance, nor stupidity, but it wasn’t smart either. Oddly the receipts handed out on the day didn’t show the VAT at all. But it would only have caused even more consternation because obviously Debenhams did charge VAT (they are legally obliged to) but the sold the item for EUR 100 VAT inclusive. Imagine the till receipt would have shown that 21% VAT was charged even after the discount – albeit on a lower pre-VAT price. Some people would probably have gone mad over it. :-)

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The events calendar slowly is getting back into gear. There are still less than the typical full complement of events taking place, but Event Organisers are back from holidays and we will see more and more again over the next two weeks.

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